By Simon Andrews
Last week we looked at the metrics surrounding all seven TSL clubs, highlighting areas of collective rapporr and what teams must work on to improve. This week we cast our eyes over some of the individual stats leaders for each club to see who is leading by example.
At first glance the reigning premiers don’t have many standout individual performers in terms of metrics, indicating that the Blues are thriving as a collective unit.
In terms of individual brilliance, Jake Hinds is leading the competition for average marks inside 50 and total goals. After five games Hinds has 24 goals, six ahead of second place. Equal first on the Cripps Player of the Year leaderboard with Hinds are fellow Blues Jobi Harper and Brodie Palfreyman.
One of the intercept kings so far in 2022 is Alec Wright averaging 4 intercept marks and 7.2 intercept possessions per game. Wright’s strong form has seen him selected for North Melbourne’s VFL side this weekend.
A plethora of Tigers are dominating the stat sheet.
Most notably, Edward Cole leads all in average inside 50s and hardball gets. Kieran Lovell has returned in fine form, averaging 28.2 disposals (11.6 contested) and 8.2 clearances.
Second year captain Lachie Clifford is leading by example, averaging 21.3 disposals and 6.8 clearances a game.
New ruck recruit Jack Tomkinson is shaping up as one of the best signings this year averaging 33 hit outs, 5.3 marks (2.3 contested) and a goal per game.
Ben Simpson has gone to another level in 2022, putting up elite numbers in multiple categories. Simpson is the league leader in average disposals with 32.5 – 13 of which are contested.
Simpson also averages 9.5 clearances, 5 inside 50s and 6 tackles to almost double his 2021 numbers. North Launceston will hope to see their co-captain back out in the middle as soon as he’s able.
Ruckman Alexander Lee leads all for hit outs, averaging a monster 53.8 a game. New recruit Heath Ollington has impressed when away from Tasmania Devils duties, averaging 26 disposals (9 contested) and 7 inside 50s.
Clarence’s senior players are the prime exemplars of the phrase leading by example.
Captain Jarrod Harper averages 20 disposals, 4 clearances and 4.3 tackles.
A new addition to the Roos leadership group in 2022 is Baxter Norton. Norton averages 24 disposals (8.7 contested) 3.7 clearances and 6.3 tackles. Experienced Roo Colin Garland is continuing to have a strong presence up forward, averaging almost 6 marks a game and 3.3 goals.
‘The ‘Dale finally notched up their first win on Anzac Day and unsurprisingly, Sam Siggins was one of their best. So far this year Siggins is averaging 23.7 disposals (10 contested) and 8 clearances. On the day of remembrance Siggins made the move up forward and booted 3 goals, but could’ve kicked more after kicking a number of behinds.
Luke Paton has stepped up in 2022, lifting his disposal count by 12 (now 22) and averaging 3 intercept marks, an elite figure for a midfielder.
Defender Oscar Shaw impressed in 2021 and is continuing to do so this year, ranked #1 for average 1% ers with 9 per game.
The Demons have a team approach to scoring goals. On the leaderboard for score involvements 5 of the top 6 are North Hobart players. One of which, Callum Kilpatrick, is averaging 24.7 disposals, running at 77% efficiency and 5 inside 50s.
Nicholas Jackson and Samuel Caswell are ranked 1st and 2nd in Premier Data ranking points respectively. Jackson averages 23 disposals and 8 clearances while Caswell averages 27.5 touches and 7.5 tackles.
With such a young side, the magpies are relying heavily on the output of their veterans in 2022. Inside mid Ben Kamaric averages 31.3 disposals (10.3 contested), 7.3 clearances and 7.3 tackles.
Captain Josh Arnold is also having a solid year with 19.5 disposals, 4 tackles and 5.5 1% ers.
Other midfielders Callum Thompson and Josh Geard are also putting up some strong numbers. Thompson with 9.7 contested disposals and 8.3 tackles, and Geard with 20 disposals and 4 marks.